ACCAN appoints new chairman

Telecom consumers peak body ACCAN has named UTS professor, Michael Fraser, its new chairman, and former ACMA board member, Johanna Plante, its deputy chairwoman

Telecom consumers' group ACCAN has appointed UTS professor, Michael Fraser, as its new chairman.

Fraser has been on the board of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) for a year.

He is a professor of law and director of the communications law centre at the University of Technology Sydney, was a founder and CEO of the Copyright Agency Limited, and has been a founding director of various other copyright management groups.

He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2010 for service to the arts, in recognition of his copyright protection efforts.

ACCAN also named, Johanna Plante, one-time CEO of the Australian Communications Industry Forum and former ACMA board member, as deputy chairwoman.

At ACCAN's annual meeting last month, Plante, Alex Varley, George Perry and Katherine Lane joined the board, while Heron Loban, Su Robertson, Len Bytheway and Nan Bosler's terms concluded. The new appointments' terms conclude in 2012.

ACCAN is the peak body representing consumers of telecom services. The body began operations in July 2009 and receives $2 million in annual funding.

“Two years young, ACCAN is already an influential organisation that industry, regulators and government acknowledge punches well above its weight,” Fraser said.

Fraser replaces Sue Salthouse in the chair, while Plante replaces Kate Obermayer. Both Salthouse and Obermayer remain on the ACCAN board.

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